Never mind that it’s only August. Zimbio polled their readers and came up with the hottest 25 actors of 2013. Here’s who they are. Where do you stand? Do you agree or disagree? Number one was surprising to me, in the, “let pause and think, ‘…really?’” way. And can you guess who made the top 10 that also made the top 10 in the Ugliest Men list?
25. Alexander Skarsgard
24. Zac Efron
23. Chris Evans
22. Paul Walker
21. James Franco
20. Ben Affleck
19. Robert Downey Jr.
18. Leonardo DiCaprio
17. Jake Gyllenhaal
16. Liam Hemsworth
15. Ian Somerhalder
14. Orlando Bloom
13. George Clooney
12. Henry Cavill
11. Gerard Butler
10. Channing Tatum
9. Brad Pitt
8. Chris Hemsworth
7. Josh Duhamel
6. Johnny Depp
5. Bradley Cooper
4. Hugh Jackman
3. Ryan Reynolds
2. Ryan Gosling
1. Chris Pine
July 31, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
In between shooting movies and making kids cry, Robert Downey Jr has found time to sign a massive deal with mobile phone company HTC to become their new spokesperson. He got $12 million for the gig, which isn’t bad at all.
HTC has enlisted actor Robert Downey Jr. for a two-year global marketing deal worth about $12 million to promote the Taiwanese company’s smartphone brand, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
Downey will feature in the campaign as himself, not the characters he plays in movies including Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, and will have final say over creative elements, the people said, declining to be named because the talks aren’t public. The maker of the slim, metal HTC One handset will likely feature Downey in television, print and billboard ads, they said.
I’m ride or die for the iPhone, but you know people are mad suggestible and anyone who’s super into RDJ will probably make the switch… or maybe not? I dunno, but I feel like people are really impressionable. The HTCs look nice, but I’ve never actually used one. Either way, good for him raking in even more money. I love when rich people get richer!!
June 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Robert Downey Jr is pretty widely recognised as being THE BEST, so I’m sure it’ll be very shocking to hear that he’s responsible for making an 18-month-old little boy cry. How heartless can you be, man?
I kid, of course – little Jaxson Denno was totally fine in the end. His mom told him that the new Iron Man film was shooting in their Massachusetts hometown and he was pretty upset when he met not Iron Man himself but… RDJ without his costume. Uh oh!
Not to worry – once he came over to talk to the little boy and his mother, Jaxson perked up.
“He was fine as soon as he talked to him,” Jaxson’s mother, Heather Denno, told PEOPLE, explaining that her young son “was so confused because I kept telling him it was Iron Man and he knew it wasn’t. Well, not Iron Man in the suit.”
Right, so Robert Downey Jr is the best after all. Whew, that was a close call.
June 14, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Girlfriend’s name is Chrissa Cooper, and she’s working on the project of a lifetime … she’s reaching out Robert Downey Jr. in an attempt to raise $10k for a charity of his choosing in exchange for a 1 hr. Skype meeting. Here’s an excerpt from her site, Fool Sit Down:
In July 2012, I undertook a project that has been 26 years in the making. This is not hyperbole, but more of an understatement. While conscious effort has not been put forth into this particular project the entire duration of its creative manifestation – it has become my life these past few months.
It is both my honor and privelige to share it with you. I am more humbled now in my pride for what I am doing than I have ever been in my life, and I am anxious to share it with the world.
There is a Facebook page set up for you to go “like” and share with your friends until the Kickstarter gets approved for it.
The ultimate goal I have with this project, since I have nothing to show for my life other than what I have created, is this:
I want to raise $10,000 for the charity of Team Downey’s choosing in exchange for a one-hour Skype meeting with them. The reasoning is that I have to show it to the people who inspired me to undertake such a tremendous goal, and Tony Stark is the only one who can save me now. All I have left is faith and this project. They haven’t let me down yet. :)
If you still want more details on just how batshit insane I probably seem, here’s the daily progress reports I’ve been posting:
So help a sister out, why don’t you? Pull out all the RDJ stops and get this moving.
October 11, 2012 at 6:30 am by Sarah
And judging by the photos, he’s ten months old. He’s a big boy, and he’s only a few months along!
Downey and his producer wife, Susan, welcomed son Exton Elias in February, and the actor couldn’t resist showing off pictures of the little guy during a Thursday appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
“I have to exercise just a little restraint,” Downey jokingly demurred when Leno initially asked him to debut the photos, before adding: “I mean, if you want me to, I will.”
“He’s so darn cute, isn’t he?” Downey mused over a picture of the 3-month-old in a hoodie and cap, before speculating that he’d get in trouble with his wife for revealing the photos on national television.
Here’s a photo of mom herself, cuddling baby Exton:
My gosh. How completely and utterly adorable. Not as adorable as, say, my almost-three-month-old son, but hey. Babies are babies are babies, right, and all babies are cute!
What new celebrity baby is your favorite—little Exton Elias or Hilary Duff’s son, Luca Cruz? Here’s a photo of Luca in case you forgot how damn adorable he is, too:
May 4, 2012 at 7:30 am by Sarah
I just love this guy. I mean, how many actors out there can completely pull a Lindsay Lohan, complete with jail visits, rehab stints, becoming box-office poison and the dreaded “set liability,” and emerge victorious, bag a hot chick for a wife, pop out kids, and turn his entire career (and life) around? “Nobody” would generally be the correct answer, but if we said that, we’d be liars, because Robert Downey Jr. is a real thing and that whole thing I just mentioned is, like, his life. It is his life. Plus, he’s hot, and that’d definitely a contributing factor to his cool story. He did it all, and he doesn’t look like the Bride of f-cking Frankenlips.
On his new son:
“Three weeks ago, we had a bun in the oven, and we were about to have a kid. There was all this trepidation, all this projection, all this anticipation and goodwill and a good vibe about it. But what you’re squeezing to the side — or what’s in the glove box — is these thousands of forms of fear. And then he was born and they’ve all just kind of scattered now. It seems like he’s always been here.”
On being a father:
“I guess here’s what’s come to me in the last three weeks: That anticipation and fear are going to come back. Am I going to know what to do with them? Does any new parent, even if you’re not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do? Only thing you have to do, the only requirement, if you can hack it, is to not transfer your own discomfort in the moment to this fresh soul, right? … You got to be mindful. I don’t want to be so confident in myself. It’s that balance between being relaxed enough to not be communicating anxiety and present enough to not be creating the very thing that you were anxious about by being so relaxed — because I’ve seen that parenting style, too.”
On being a hero:
“Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough. Every dad casts a shadow, you know? And that shadow is you’re disappointed, you’re resentful, or you feel so supported and loved you don’t understand why life is so hard anyway — or, you know, it’s so long and so dark that you can never step out of it, so you might as well not even try. Right? So. So hero to me is not applicable to the human experience.
I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.”
“A link between addiction and creativity? Horses**t. No, I never told myself that lie.
I’m not saying that the correctly timed intervention here and there is blah blah blah — look, it’s valiant to go waste days, weeks, months, and years trying to fish someone you care about out of their own abyss. But if your intuition asks, Is this a big O.K. Corral ego trip on the part of the people who are going to say, ‘All right, we’re going to go in and handle this’? Because you’re not. You’re not going to handle s**t. No amount of effort is going to nudge somebody out of a situation that they deem is hopeless. And people sense when there’s an ego trip involved, when there’s a ‘I’m here to save your life!’ It’s horses**t. It’s horses**t. I hate it. That’s recovery vulturism.”
This guy couldn’t be cooler if he tried, I don’t think.
Best part of the interview? When he claimed that his dad “drop-kicked” him out of the nest when enough got to be enough: